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Bristol’s Cabot Circus welcomes four new brands as it seeks to reposition itself

21 February 2024
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Four new brands have agreed to take space at Cabot Circus, as centre owner Hammerson seeks to reposition the centre.

Womenswear brand Stradivarius has agreed to open in a prime unit on Concorde Street, joining brands including Zara, Pull&Bear, and Bershka.

Athleisure headwear brand Lids is also set to open at the scheme, after agreeing to take a 600 sq ft store.

Arabian-inspired British perfume brand Sunnamusk will also be opening at Cabot Circus as it continues to expand through Europe. The brand has previously opened at a number of Hammerson-owned destinations.

Finally, fast-growing kebab brand German Doner Kebab will also take space at Cabot Circus, diversifying the scheme’s food and beverage offer.

Hammerson is aiming to reposition its city centre assets, through the targeting of popular brands and the introduction of entertainment. At Cabot Circus, this has included:

The repurposing of underused car park space to create a pop-up skatepark, which attracted more than 2,000 people in just seven days.

Creating new cultural spaces, including a collaboration with fellow Bristol business, animation studio Aardman, the creators of Wallace and Gromit, to create a new mural celebrating Bristol’s heritage.

The introduction of Charity Super.Mkt to Bristol, the UK’s first ever multi-charity retail store. Originally a six-week pop-up, the store extended its run twice due to strong demand, and has raised more than £275,000 for charity since opening in July. 


Toby Tait, director of asset management at Hammerson, said: “These new signings further demonstrate the success of our strategic focus to reposition Cabot Circus. Expanding our occupier mix, bringing in new, exciting brands alongside introducing social and entertainment partners.” 

Shelley Taylor, asset manager added: “Being a Bristolian through and through I have grown up with Cabot Circus. Highlights for me have been working with Aardman to create the incredible mural and welcoming the Canvas and Red Bull Skate Park over the half term. Both offering fellow Bristolians something new and different in the heart of the city.”


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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